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Through the Looking Glass: A Glimpse into the Private Lives of Women in England, 1650-1750

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What is known about the lives, and especially the private lives, of English women in the early modern era is not at all satisfactory in terms of sources, scope, or

What is known about the lives, and especially the private lives, of English women in the early modern era is not at all satisfactory in terms of sources, scope, or understanding. Because the act of writing and reading was already exclusive to the upper classes, what sources do survive are not representative of the majority of the female population, leading to more speculation on behalf of historians. The sources which do survive, by and large focus on the role of religion and spirituality in a woman's life, since it was the most acceptable reason for an early modern woman to be writing about. However, I hoped to prove how women were interested in more than just self-improvement through religious devotion, thereby demonstrating that early modern English women were as complex and rich in personality and interests as a modern woman might consider herself to be. After a brief introduction and explanation of the research process, this project then begins to individually analyze the three women who were chosen for study based on their mutual practice of keeping a diary during their lives in early modern England. These women were Elizabeth Freke, Lady Sarah Cowper, and Mary, Countess Cowper, all of whom operated within the feminine social hierarchy during this period, but each of whom demonstrated a particular interest beyond that of marriage and family, including economics, religion, and politics. I believe that each woman analyzed proved how unique and varied the lives of early modern English women were through their writings.

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  • 2016-05

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Creation of a Nutritional Coding System and its Inferences to Health

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The Arizona Twin Project is a research project involving the study of twins, both identical and fraternal, and the resilience they develop to physical and mental illnesses later on in

The Arizona Twin Project is a research project involving the study of twins, both identical and fraternal, and the resilience they develop to physical and mental illnesses later on in life by studying several factors such as home environment, sleeping patterns, lifestyle (academics as well as extra-curricular activities), and eating habits. This project specifically focused on the nutrition and food intake by analyzing data from 3 days of food diaries from 10 families. In order to fully assess nutrition and food intake, a coding system was created to properly analyze the data that was provided in the food diaries by the parents. The coding system was generated from a combination of two of the most accurate coding methods used in nutrition, known as the 24 hour food recall and diary/food record methods. The measures that were coded were: most food group consumed, caloric intake, total fat consumption, total protein consumption, total carbohydrate consumption, total sugar consumption, total fiber consumption, frequency of eating, and homemade versus fast food. Once the nutritional data from all 10 families was coded, the output information was analyzed using SPSS to provide summary and descriptive statistics as well as correlations among the codes, and demographics of the sample.

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  • 2016-05